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London Met wins back Tier 4 sponsor licence

London Metropolitan University has won back its right to recruit international students, after its Tier 4 sponsor licence was controversially revoked last August. The Home Office said the university would now hold a probationary sponsor licence. The university welcomed the move but said it still planned to take legal action against the government, claiming its reputation has been damaged.

HEFCE predicts 24% rise in non-EU income to 2015

UK universities expect their revenue from international students to grow by 24.5% in the next three years, according to the Higher Education Funding Council for England, however there is a "significant risk" demand could fall due to UK visa policy. In cash terms, the sector is expecting overseas fee income to rise from £2,513 million to £3,459 million by 2014-15.

London Met students covered for relocation costs

A £2million hardship will be used to cover relocation costs for London Metropolitan University students displaced by the UK university’s loss of highly trusted sponsor status, it was revealed this week. It follows a high court decision last Friday to allow all non-EU students at the university to remain in the UK...

London Met students granted reprieve

International students affected by London Metropolitan University's stripping of HTS status will be able to continue their studies from Monday, after a high court ruling last week. The decision comes as London Metropolitan University is granted the right to take legal action against the government via a judicial review for revoking its highly trusted sponsor status last month.

London Met could halt revocation of HTS licence

London Metropolitan University has launched legal action against the government after losing its right to recruit non-EU students last week, denying alleged “systemic” failures. According to an immigration law expert, the university could force an injunction preventing revocation of the licence until a full hearing has taken place.

UK: student visa issuance falls dramatically

Student visa issuance has fallen by a hefty 21% in the UK, according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics. In the year to June 2012, 282,833 visas were granted – 75,000 fewer than in the previous 12 months – an indication that government policies to lower the number of overseas students in the UK are gaining traction.

London Met loses highly trusted sponsor status

London Metropolitan University has become the UK’s first university to lose its right to recruit non-EU students, the UK Border Agency revealed last night. 2,700 international students, either about to start or in the midst of degree courses, will be given 60 days to find alternative universities.

London Met students in limbo over HTS decision

Pressure is mounting on the UK government to decide whether or not to strip London Metropolitan University of its right to recruit outside the EU, after a report this weekend that the decision had already been made sparked panic among students. 2,700 students may be forced to seek alternative courses.